This Site Has Moved

Hello Dear Readers,

This sight has moved to a new domain under a new name. I am in the process of combining a few blogs in order to increase regular publishing and remove a little stress. ūüôā

If you don’t mind changing your links I would be so appreciative. Thank you all for your support and kindness. To our God be the glory. I am keeping this sight active for those who would like to view past posts and if God ever wills me to take it back up I will still have everything in order.

The blog I am now publishing at is Alabaster Box. Hope to see you there!

A Quote

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“Hold fast to Jesus both in life and death
and commit yourself to His steadfast love,
for He alone can help you when all others fail.
Your Beloved is such that He admits no other rival;
He wants your heart all to Himself
and desires to reign there as a King on His Own throne.”

~ Thomas a’ Kempis¬†

Thirsty

watersIs there a thirst in your soul that you cannot seem to quench? A longing for something more? Do you restlessly move from one thin to the next, only to find the state of your soul empty still?

There lived a woman over two thousand years ago that felt this way. Her soul was desperately thirsty, and nothing could quench her thirst. She went from relationship to relationship, marriage to marriage, but never felt the satisfaction her heart longed for. Her soul was empty, dry, and dying.

But one day she met Someone unlike anyone she had ever known. He seemed to see right through to her panting, lonely heart and began to tell her about “living water” and never thirsting again. Could this really be?

“Where do you get this living water?” she asked Him. (John 4:11) He said that He could give it to her. This Man is Jesus, the giver of living water. And He was inviting her freely to come and drink of it.

“…But whoever drinks of the water that I give him shall never thirst; but the water that I give him will become in him a well springing up to eternal life.” John 4:14

Was her heart singing when she heard these words? Could He be true? Is this what she had been looking for her entire life? “Sir, give me this water…” she spoke as her heart slowly opened to believe. She who believes in Jesus will never thirst. (John 6:35) Jesus was the only One who could give her the water her soul craved. She drank and was satisfied.

This story has a happy ending, but the more I am in the world, the more I see so many unhappy stories and painful endings. People live their lives without ever tasting the living water that only Jesus can give them. We drink of one thing, then another, hoping to quench our thirst, but it leaves us dry and… still thirsty.

“For My people have committed two evils: the have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:13

This Scripture pierces my heart because it describes the downfall of so many (including me) in this world. We go searching for satisfaction in all sorts of things, and make for ourselves cisterns, but our cisterns are broken! And they can’t hold any water.

Every time we try to satisfy ourselves, we forsake God who is the fountain of living waters!¬†In this dry and weary land where there is no water, our souls thirst for God, our flesh yearns for Him (Ps. 63:1). We are like deer panting for water, for the living God (Ps. 42:1-2). The only place to find the satisfaction your heart is searching for is in Jesus. He is the Fountain of Life and the satisfaction of our souls. The longings in your heart are not leading you to that next relationship/substance/earthly passing pleasure. No, it is leading you –¬†drawing¬†you – to Jesus Christ for ultimate fulfillment and peace.

Like the woman at the well, Jesus is welcoming us to come to Him, drink of the water He gives, and leave as a changed woman… free from bondage and alive and fulfilled in Christ alone.

This post was updated from a previous post on Alabaster Box 

Enough

flowersI wanted to share a little of my heart with you tonight about something that the Lord has been instructing and comforting me with in regard to the longings and desire of my heart for a future husband. This will probably be rather short, but I pray it ministers to your heart long after you read this.

In the moments of impatience that can consume us while waiting for something/someone, the Lord has given me great grace and strength of heart through listening to His simple but profound calling¬†to¬†His¬†question only my heart can hear, “Am I enough for you?”¬†

Even as I write those words, a deep feeling of¬†surrender¬†and sincerity overtake my heart. I want always to quickly and passionately answer Him, “Yes, dear Jesus, You are more than enough for me…”

And isn’t He really, truly enough for us, dear lovers of God? So much more.

“For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.” (Ps. 107:9)

He is very, very good. O Lord, fill us with Yourself.

I hope this has given you¬†a little encouragement and spurring to consider His calling to you… “Am I enough?” anytime your soul suffers from discontent.

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 All of You is more than enough for all of me, for every thirst and every need. You satisfy me with Your love, and all I have in You is more than enough.

You are my supply, my breath of life. And still more awesome than I know. You are my reward worth living for, and still more awesome than I know.

All of You is more than enough for all of me, for every thirst and every need. You satisfy me with Your love, and all I have in You is more than enough.

You’re my sacrifice of greatest price, and still more awesome than I know. You’re the coming King, You are everything, and still more awesome than I know.

More than all I want, more than all I need, You are more than enough for me. More than all I know, more than all I can say, You are more than enough for me.

~Chris Tomlin Sept. 2002 

Radiant Daughters

Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to formally introduce a new blog created by my two sisters and I called Radiant Daughters, and we would love for you to check it out! We are greatly looking forward to sharing our hearts and hopefully encouraging you in the Lord to live radiantly for Jesus. And I am excited for you to get to know my precious sisters through their writings and seeing their amazing hearts for the Lord.

So check us out and be blessed… to God be the glory!¬†

A Letter To My Single Sisters

valentinesMy Precious Sisters in the Lord, 

I am writing this letter to those of you who are “alone” this Valentines Day… knowing that thoughts¬†of your loneliness and the desire for a special someone in your future has probably consumed some of your thoughts today. My desire for this letter is not to make the ache in your heart grow stronger, but rather remind you that there is Someone who can fill our emptiness and comfort our downcast status. That is our Savior, Jesus Himself.

I truly know the feelings of “incompleteness” and longings in your heart, especially today, as lovers send sweet notes, roses, and have romantic dinners with one another – and those of us whom God has yet to unite with our “someone” feel left out and alone. We may feel empty and incomplete. Well, daughters of the King, we do not have to remain in this¬†melancholy¬†state today or any day.

In Christ we have been made complete and filled (Col. 2:10). There is not someone or something missing when we are in Christ, fully abiding in Him. His great and passionate love can consume us and ground us. (Eph. 3:17-19) The love of Christ surpasses knowledge; we can hardly take measurement of it. But in the Psalms, David’s description is breathtaking; read this with all your heart:

“Your love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies… How precious is Your love, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house; and You give them to drink of the river of Your delights. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. O continue You love to those who know You…” (Ps. 36:5, 7-10)

Doesn’t that love just steal your breath and your heart?!

In the moments of loneliness we experience, we need to run with all our strength to the Fountain of Life and drink our fill in His love, abundance, and delights. Run outside and look up into the sky… see how¬†enormously¬†tall the sky is? That is how far His love for you reaches. He fills us up with His love and faithfulness, and we are satisfied… we are complete. And when our souls are quietly digesting this overwhelming love, we can say with the most sincere passion and truth, “How precious is Your love, O Jesus…”

We are urged to fully know and comprehend the love of Christ – that we may be filled up to all the fullness of God. (Eph. 3:17-19) We are not missing someone to make us complete – we are complete in Jesus alone. He fills the “holes” in our hearts with Himself, cleansing us and completing us, making us more like Himself.

Now, as we see and believe this great and precious love that Jesus has for us, and we diligently allow Him to fill us completely with His love, taking refuge in Him and hiding in the shadow of His wings – will He not reward the one who loves and trusts Him?

Psalms 31:19 reads, “How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You… those who take refuge in You…”

Jerry Bridges makes a beautiful and honest comment on this verse. He says, “That is what God does for those who fear Him. He sets aside and stores up goodness for His children, to be given at appropriate times in the future. What this goodness is, and when it is bestowed, is unique to each individual according to God’s plan and purpose for that person.”

When we rest in God’s love, taking refuge in Him¬†especially¬†in these difficult and lonely times, trusting in His wisdom and knowledge of our purpose and future, He blesses us with His goodness which is given at the perfect time according to His knowledge and plan for us. That goodness could very well be a husband one day, but he will be given to you at the appropriate time in God’s perfect plan and purpose for you. We just have to trust Him on that.

But in this time, in this moment, we must be filled up in Him with all the fullness that is in God, being completely satisfied in Him, no matter if we are single or married. He must be first in our hearts always.

I hope this has encouraged you, my dear sisters in Christ, to run to the River, the Fountain of Life, for your filling and satisfaction. Bask in His love for you today. Drink of His delights. Be filled and satisfied with Jesus.

I love you all, precious women of God.

Your sister and partner in this life of faith,

Kaysie

All For A Purpose

awardA¬†kind friend,¬†Allison,¬†just awarded In Love With Christ with the “Blogging with a Purpose” award, and I am so truly thankful, humbled, and encouraged to continue blogging with the blessed purpose of making Christ known, loved and adored.

Thank you Allison, for your great encouragement and sweet motivation to continue writing with purpose and passion.

Now, as is the custom with these awards, I will pass it on to five fellow bloggers whom I feel have a true and beautiful purpose in blogging. So hard to name just five…

This One Thing I Do

Hope Road

Do Good and Communicate

Take My Life

In Christ Alone

Keep up the awesome work ladies – doing all you do (including blogging!) for the glory of our great God. I greatly enjoy each of your blogs and seeing your amazing hearts between the lines.